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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 06/07/2013
“I specifically said that one of the things we are going to have to discuss and debate is how are we striking this balance between the need to keep the American people safe and our concerns about privacy. Because there are some tradeoffs involved. I welcome this debate. I think it's healthy for our democracy. I think it's a sign of maturity.
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 06/07/2013
“I think it is important to recognize that you can't have 100% security and also then have 100% privacy and zero inconvenience. We're going to have to make some choices as a society.”
Barack Obama
President
CSPAN 06/07/2013
“…they are under very strict supervision by all three branches of government and they do not involve listening to people's phone calls, do not involve reading the e-mails of US citizens or US residents,”
Jim Sensenbrenner
U.S. Representative (R-Wisconsin), Chairman of Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
KPIX 06/07/2013
Voiceover: “The legal basis grew out of the Patriot Act passed after 9/11. Only a handful of lawmakers knew of Prism and all were sworn to secrecy. But revelations of the program this week raised alarms from both parties on Capitol Hill. Republican Jim Sensenbrenner he helped craft the Patriot Act.” “I'm angry and I was the one who wrote the law. I think both the Justice Department and NSA have abused this going too far.”
Jeff Merkley
Senator, Oregon
MSNBCW 06/07/2013
Sen. Jeff Merkley: (The government can accept or seek tangible items relevant to an investigation.) What does tangible mean and what does relevant to an investigation mean? As I said then is relevant to an investigation a peephole with high standards set by the courts or is it in fact a barn door thrown wide open where the government can obtain any information on any one at any time. what this document says that was released yesterday is this is a barn door. The government can seek virtually anything on any and does so on a daily basis.
Rand Paul
Senator (R-Kentucky), Member of Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
FOXNEWSW 06/09/2013
“…we are talking about trolling through billions of phone records. We are not talking about going after a terrorist. I’m all for that. Get a warrant go, after a terrorist or a murderer or a rapist, but don't troll through a billion phone records every day. That is unconstitutional. It invades our privacy. I am going to see if I can challenge this at the supreme court level.”
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
KGO 06/09/2013
This is really important. The National Security Agents is not listening to Americans’ phone calls and is not reading Americans’ e-mails. None of this programs allow that and, as a matter of fact, the Patriot Act and that part of that 702 says it is expressly prohibited by law that you can read and wholly surveil domestic e-mail traffic in the United States. So, you know, the inflammatory nature of the comments doesn't fit with what Dianne and I know this program really does.
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
KGO 06/09/2013
(on Director Clapper's March 13, 2013 denial that US government collects any data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans) There is no more direct or honest person than Jim Clapper. I think both Mike and I know that. You can misunderstand the question. This is one of the dilemmas of talking about it. He could have thought the question had content, or something. But it is true that this is a wide collection of phone records. As Mike said, no names...
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
LINKTV 06/10/2013
…”the NSA specifically targets the communications of everyone. It ingests them by default. It collects them in its system, and it filters them, and it analyzes them, and it measures them, and it stores them for periods of time, simply because that’s the easiest, most efficient and most valuable way to achieve these ends. So while they may be intending to target someone associated with a foreign government or someone that they suspect of terrorism, they’re collecting your communications to do so.”
Edward Snowden
whistleblower
LINKTV 06/10/2013
“Any analyst at any time can target anyone, any selector anywhere. Where those communications will be picked up depends on the range of the sensor networks and the authorities that that analyst is empowered with. Not all analysts have the ability to target everything. But I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant to a federal judge, to even the president, if I had a personal email.”
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